Tower clock returns at St Mary’s church in Thornbury
News from Tower St Mary’s church, Thornbury
MANY new and exciting things have been happening at your parish church over the last year, despite Covid restrictions, that will make the building more user-friendly and adaptable for future community use, as well as for the usual services.
Probably the most exciting and useful thing to have taken place is the installation of a completely new audio-visual system. This includes a permanent projector and drop-down screen, together with repeater monitors to cover the side aisles. All this will come into its own once the pandemic is over and large community services will once again be taking place in our church, such as Remembrance Sunday, annual carol concerts and St Mary’s School services.
We are also now able to live stream services to our new YouTube channel. Most Sunday services will be streamed and can be found by searching for "St Mary’s Music". There are quite a few St Mary’s churches in the UK, so search carefully! The live streaming is particularly welcome to those who are still shielding and unable to leave their homes.
To improve access, especially for those with a disability, we have re-laid the entrance path to remove the step into the church, and, in early 2021, we should have our new glass porch doors installed.
We are also really pleased to welcome back our church tower clock, which is nearly 200 years old and has been away for a major overhaul. The old hand-wound pendulum weights have been replaced with new electrically-operated ones and the hourly chime is now working again.
To improve visibility inside the building, we have replaced all the old lighting with LED dimmable lights, and we are now also able to highlight the wonderful stone arches of this Grade I listed building.
Once the current lockdown is over, vaccinations completed, and it is safe and possible to do so, we would love to welcome you to any of our services across the Benefice, or just to visit our beautiful buildings. All are welcome!
In the meantime, the new shiny red noticeboard outside St Mary’s shows ways of keeping in touch.
We must mention that all the above work has only been possible due to the generosity of former Thornbury resident Nesta Robinson, who left us a very generous legacy in her will, as well as a grant from ChurchCare towards the renovation of the clock.
We look forward to seeing you in our lovely building at one of our many services or events.
Rev Joy and the Churchwardens